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    • What are the main focus areas we’ll be looking at?
    • Mental Health
    • Emotional Health
    • Environmental Health
    • Overall mental health
    • Mental illnesses
    • Feelings
    • Assertiveness
    • Conflict resolution
    • Coping with stress and depression
    • Personal standards
    • Self-esteem
    • Communication (esp. about problems)
    • Environmental issues awareness with regards to personal health
    • Health conditions caused or exacerbated by environmental conditions
    • Other health hazards like pollution and living/working conditions
  • 5. Why is knowing this important?
    • Contributes to self-confidence and self-esteem
    • Develop effective communication skills
    • Develop effective coping strategies, including time-management skills
    • Recognize your strengths and limitations
    • Develop positive healthy habits
    • Improve mental as well as physical health
  • 6. Why is knowing this important?
    • “ A healthy body leads to a healthy mind…” but the mind is a powerful thing and can have negative effects on the body! So, “a healthy mind can lead to a healthy body!”
    • Being a positive role model by promoting healthy lifestyles and taking an active role in the community with regards to environmental issues that have negative health effects.
  • 7. Mental Health Is Essential To Overall Health
  • 8. What is mental health?
      • How you think, feel, and act in order to face life’s situations…
        • For example, how you handle stress.
      • How you look at yourself, your life and the people in your life…
        • For example, how you relate to others.
      • How you evaluate your options and make choices…
        • For example: how you make decisions.
  • 9. Key component of mental health: what you think.
    • Thinking is the cognitive component of mental health.
    • It’s important to recognize your thoughts and to determine if they are reasonable for the situation.
      • For example, a friend invites another friend to go to a movie. Do you think “That’s OK. She can do that. I know we’ll get together another time.” Or, do you think “She’s not my friend anymore. A real friend would always invite only me…”
    • It’s important how you respond to your thoughts.
      • Do you let negative, damaging thoughts continue or do you stop them? For example, if you think you’ve been slighted by a friend, do you go over and over in your mind that the friend is hurtful, disloyal, uncaring…
    • Thoughts produce feelings in us.
  • 10. Key component of mental health: what you feel.
    • Feeling is the emotional / sensory component of mental health.
    • Thoughts produce feelings.
      • Thinking the same thoughts over and over in your mind will create feelings – negative thoughts will create more negative feelings and positive thoughts will create more positive feelings.
    • It’s important to recognize your feelings.
      • For example, “I am angry and upset!”
    • It’s important to understand where these feelings are coming from.
      • Ie: your thought processes and how you interpret what’s happened.
    • It’s important how you respond to your feelings.
      • “ I feel this way so it’s right to feel this way.”
      • Ask yourself questions such as: “Is this a legitimate feeling that is appropriate for the situation?”
  • 11. Key component of mental health: how you act.
    • Action is the behavioral component of mental health.
    • Thoughts and feelings result in actions.
      • For example, you dwell in your mind about how your friend has slighted you until you feel really angry and then you take an action as a result of your thoughts and feelings.
    • Actions can be unhealthy.
      • For example, you could pick up the phone and yell at your friend and damage the relationship.
      • For example, you could go out for a smoke or take a drink and hide away in your room.
    • Actions can be healthy.
      • For example, you could talk over your thoughts and feelings with your friend or with someone else who could help.
  • 12. Thoughts, feelings, and actions have impact.
    • Since you were a young child, you realized that your behavior had consequences.
      • You touched a hot stove and were burned.
      • You disobeyed a rule and were disciplined.
    • It’s important to also realize that there are consequences to the way we think and feel.
  • 13. Why is mental health so important?
    • Here are just a few reasons…
  • 14. Mental health is important because:
    • It affects your relationships with others:
      • Mental health problems lead to new problems with friends, family, law enforcement or school officials( National Mental Health Association, 1997)
    • It affects how you learn:
      • Your attentiveness,
      • Your concentration,
      • Your classroom conduct,
      • Your ability to organize,
      • Your ability to communicate.
        • Source: SAMHSA.
  • 15. Mental health is important because:
        • Mental health problems can lead to other problems such as:
          • Experimenting with drugs or alcohol,
          • Being sexually promiscuous,
          • Being hostile and aggressive,
          • Taking risks in behavior.
  • 16. What can I do to help protect my mental health?
      • Eat healthfully.
      • Exercise adequately.
      • Care for your health daily.
      • Take time for yourself regularly.
      • Sleep bountifully.
      • Manage stress diligently.
  • 17. What can I do to help protect my mental health?
      • Play
        • Learn to do something new and fun
      • Know yourself
        • Be attuned to your thoughts and feelings.
        • Keep a journal.
        • Recognize when “this just doesn’t seem like I usually think or act”.
      • Say “no” sometimes. Don’t overbook your schedule or your life.
        • Make time for quiet
          • Turn off the cell phone, TV…
  • 18. What can I do to help protect my mental health?
      • Recognize warning signs in
        • How you think,
        • How you feel,
        • How you act.
      • Practice stress management and other self care strategies throughout life.
      • Know when and where to get help.
        • Get help as soon as you suspect you need it.
        • Get help from a trained counselor or through a medical referral.